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Deterrence 50% Incident Monitoring 15%
In effect, the main purpose of the system should be to put criminals off committing crimes (Deterrance); if you cant stop them, you need to be able to identify them after the event (Evidential Recording).
In practice, we find that the actual global profile for an average
Deterrence 20% Incident Monitoring 55%
The majority of Town Centre installations now use remote control miniature Dome cameras, which because of their discreet appearance, are often not seen by the casual observer, and therefore do not provide as strong a visible deterrent as the conventional Pan, Tilt and Zoom (PTZ) assemblies (have a look at the photograph above - would you have spotted the camera if you weren't looking for it?).
In practice, remote control cameras, whether conventional PTZ or fully functional Dome units, are in effect Active components of a surveillance system; that is to say, they rely totally on the abilities, reactions and experience of a dedicated Control Room Operator, to provide maximum effectiveness.
Random Searches and automatic pre programmed Tours, may take away the need for some of the manual control, but in terms of spotting an incident in progress, it still remains something of a lottery.
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